"Our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” Rumer Willis wrote on Instagram in a joint statement Wednesday from Bruce Willis’ family.
► Aphasia is a language disorder that occurs after damage to parts of the brain. ► Anyone can have aphasia, and it affects men and women equally. ► "Die Hard" and "Pulp Fiction" actor Bruce Willis' recently announced aphasia diagnosis highlighted the language disorder.
Aphasia is a disorder that comes from damage to parts of the brain responsible for language, according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders.
Aphasia can affect the way a person expresses language and understands it. The disorder also can affect reading and writing.
Aphasia is caused by damage to “one or more of the language areas of the brain,” according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
A stroke is the cause of the injury to the brain most often, but other causes of brain injury include blows to the head, brain tumors, progressive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and more.